Did You Know {203} ~ Diamonds Rain Down On Saturn & Jupiter

Diamonds big enough to be worn are raining down on Saturn and Jupiter, US scientists have calculated. New atmospheric data for the gas giants indicates that carbon is abundant in its dazzling crystal form. Lightning storms turn methane into soot (carbon) which as it falls hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond. These diamond “hail stones” eventually melt into a liquid sea in the planets’ hot cores. The biggest diamonds would likely be about a centimetre in diameter. The bottom line is that 1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn.

6 thoughts on “Did You Know {203} ~ Diamonds Rain Down On Saturn & Jupiter”

  1. I’m not sure this makes sense… sorry, this is how my brain works. I don’t think the atmospheric pressure would be dense enough in order to create a diamond. The minerals and the process is all present, except the pressure required to actually create the hardened diamond. The reason a diamond is one of the strongest things is because of the pressure required to create it. If you don’t have that pressure, it’s LIKE a diamond, but it’s not a diamond. You can have all of the ingredients for a soup, and put it all together to make the soup, but if as you’re cooking it, the liquid all boils away, it is not actually a soup. It was ALMOST a soup, but with no liquid left, it is not a soup. Without the pressure it is not a diamond.
    Also, if the diamonds melt into graphite, they are no longer diamonds… they are graphite. The same thing that makes lead that we write with. So if anything they are diamonds (albeit created with minimal pressure as if by magic), for a short period of time before becoming something so common we can take tests with it.

    My brain is on “nothing is magic” today LOL

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      1. I would love to know where your contemplation leads you… perhaps your contemplation might make it somewhat more compelling for magic to exist in my dreary, tired mind.

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